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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
July 16, 2012

Gold Performer, Times Square Subway Station

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/4005/street_performer_times_square_subway_station.jpg

1/40th at F9, ISO 3200 (17mm TS-E).

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People, Architecture, Architecture
July 13, 2012

Once a Lion, New York Public Library

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3993/once_a_lion.jpg

4 sec at F16, ISO 200 (17mm TS-E).

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3999/new_york_public_library.jpg

4 sec at F16, ISO 200 (17mm TS-E).

My favorite NY building (besides the Chrysler Building.)

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
July 11, 2012

Glance, 34th Street

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3991/glance.jpg

1/320th at F11, ISO 800 (17mm *Tilt-Shift Lens). 

Rented the Canon 17mm Tilt Shift Lens for an architectural job tomorrow and of course had to try it out for some late afternoon street photography.  No distortion at 17mm, which was amazing, but it was a bear to zone focus accurately with.  To be honest, if I owned this lens I would want use it a good amount, except for the fact that the glass is completely unprotected in the front.

Anyway, I know people want to know more technically about these shots, as I get asked a good amount to write more about that stuff on this blog, but sometimes I don't like to do it with certain photographs, especially the ones with feeling and impact.  When it comes down to it, it doesn't matter what lens, camera, or perspective you use.  What matters is the powerful look in the eyes of this girl and her brother and the lighting and that's really it.  Don't over-complicate things.  You need to learn the technical stuff, but if you're out there thinking about which focal length to use, blah blah blah, you're gonna miss these moments as they only happen for a fraction of a second.  Pick a focal length for the day and then forget about it.

It's more important to focus on the people and surroundings than on the camera.

 


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Architecture, Architecture
July 10, 2012

8 Spruce Street and Manhattan Municipal Building

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3987/8_spruce_street_manhattan_municipal_building.jpg

1/200th at F14, ISO 400 (43mm).

I love contrasting the old iconic New York architecture with the new iconic architecture, both ornate in their own ways.  Although these days it's tough to take an architecture shot without capturing that contrast.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
July 09, 2012

Bride and Father, City Clerk's Office

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3973/bride_and_father_city_hall.jpg

This stark room at City Clerk's Office, where people take portraits in front of a large photo of City Hall after they have just been married, just fascinates me.  It feels so strange.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
July 05, 2012

The American Dream

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1/500th at F9, ISO 800 (28mm).

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
July 02, 2012

Astor Place

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3969/astor_place.jpg

 

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
June 29, 2012

Proud to be American

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3967/proud_to_be_an_american.jpg

1/320th at F9, ISO 1600 (28mm).

I took this yesterday, which was an interesting coincidence given the Supreme Court ruling on healthcare yesterday.

This is certainly not a political blog - but I think it's pretty obvious by taking a walk outside that Americans are sick and only getting sicker.  And it's not something we should be proud of.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography
June 27, 2012

Fed Up

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3963/fed_up_billy_reid.jpg

 

1/200th at F5.6, ISO 400 (28mm).

This was taken outside of the high-end Billy Reid clothing store, housed in one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the neighborhood.

I try to keep an eye out for graffiti because you occasionally will just come upon a simple message like this in the perfect spot that can single-handedly describe the tension that is occurring within the neighborhood.  There is already tension within the photo, between the ornate, historical building details with the spotless windows and modern, high-end clothing, created to look vintage.  The writing just helps bring this tension to the forefront and without it I probably would have missed this scene entirely.

 


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Street Photography, Street Photography, People, People
June 26, 2012

I Heart New York

http://www.jamesmaherphotography.com/images/0000/3953/I_heard_new_york.jpg

1/400th at F5.0, ISO 800 (27mm).

 


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